Summer is coming! Find a list of daycamps, child care and PD day activities.
  • Resize text minus plus

Find Services - Basic Needs Services

Food, health care, housing, education, and other essentials

Education

  • Academic upgrading programs help prepare adult learners for employment or entry to skills training, grade 12 equivalency, and post-secondary programs. For non-credit programs, see Adult Literacy and Basic Skills and Continuing Education .
  • Non-profit programs can help adults with limited formal schooling acquire basic reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. These skills make it easier for people to find and keep a job, participate in their communities, and support their ...
  • Community-led and non-profit programs can help Indigenous adults with limited formal schooling acquire basic reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. These skills make it easier for people to find and keep a job, participate in their ...
  • Alternative schools are for young students who find education outside of the traditional school setting beneficial due to learning disabilities, culture or behavioural issues.
  • Boards of Education are places that provide junior and senior kindergarten, elementary or secondary education. These establishments may also provide French immersion education, special programs for exceptional pupils and those experiencing ...
  • Community colleges and universities offer post-secondary education.
  • Continuing education is instruction for adults aimed at personal growth and professional development. Continuing education is not compulsory. Most programs are non-credit but may earn the participant a certificate, diploma or professional ...
  • ESL/FSL programs provide instruction in the English/French language for individuals whose first language is other than English or French. LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) are federally-funded classes for recent arrivals.
  • Students whose first language is French study in French Language schools while students learning French as a second language study at French Immersion programs.
  • The General Educational Development (GED) testing program allows adults who have not finished high school to receive an Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate based on an assessment of education maturity gained through experience. The ...
  • Are you considering home schooling your children? These services provide information and support to homeschoolers.
  • Schools that provide formal education that is focused on a particular culture and its language. Most are private schools offering elementary and secondary academic education; the Collège Boréal offers post secondary. Some schools also offer language ...
  • These associations consist of a group of parents who are volunteers that promote a particular type of education for their children. These volunteers also organize and coordinate events related to their childrenā€˜s education.
  • Private schools providing post-secondary skills-based training and education. See also Colleges and Universities and Vocational & Skills Training .

Employment and Training

  • Non-profit programs can help adults with limited formal schooling acquire basic reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. These skills make it easier for people to find and keep a job, participate in their communities, and support their ...
  • Community-led and non-profit programs can help Indigenous adults with limited formal schooling acquire basic reading, writing, math, and problem-solving skills. These skills make it easier for people to find and keep a job, participate in their ...
  • Unemployed or underemployed people can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour market, grants, funding, ...
  • Unemployed or underemployed Indigenous people can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour market, ...
  • Services to help people new to Canada, including foreign trained immigrant professionals, to gain employment.
  • Unemployed or underemployed people with disabilities can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour ...
  • Unemployed or underemployed youth and young adults can get help through drop-in resource centres, job search assistance programs, and job-skills workshops. Employment counselling and career planning services provide information on the labour market, ...
  • Government programs providing financial assistance for people who have lost their jobs.
  • Programs that provide job placements or referrals to employment opportunities.
  • Programs offering job search assistance for seniors.
  • Agencies and programs that provide assistance to people starting or operating a small business.
  • Vocational programs offer on-the-job training and support in various industries. See also Continuing Education .
  • Workplace safety education and training provides workers with the knowledge they need to create and maintain safe workplaces. Workers learn about the safest ways to handle hazardous products, their rights and responsibilities, as well as other health ...

Financial Assistance

  • Help with managing your money and dealing with debt and credit problems.
  • The programs listed here provide financial assistance for low income families with young children.
  • Government and community programs offer financial assistance to persons with disabilities for income support and to help with the costs of equipment and home modification.
  • Financial assistance is available to help pay rent and utilities so people can remain in their homes.
  • These government and community programs provide benefits to eligible seniors (Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Pension). Programs and services may also include grants, allowing seniors to remain in their home.
  • Income support programs ensure a minimum level of income to people in financial need. Additional short-term benefits may be given on a discretionary basis to individuals dealing with urgent or special needs.
  • Income support programs that people contribute to, for when they may need assistance later.
  • Legal Aid is available to people on low income to assist with legal problems, including disability support and family benefits payments. See also Community Legal Clinics .
  • A social assistance appeal can be made to the Tribunal if you disagree with a decision that affects your eligibility for social assistance. If you suspect a fraud, you may report it to one of the organizations below.
  • Volunteer Tax Clinics provide free income tax return assistance for individuals with low income. The clinics are held each year from February to April.

Food

  • Getting and using fresh, nutritional food can be difficult on a low income. In addition to Good Food boxes, available services offer help with the budgeting and planning of meals, and may include collective projects such as community kitchens and ...
  • Food banks provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need. Banks usually provide a one to three day supply of food, once a month to once every three months, per individual or family. Identification for each family member ...
  • Neighbourhood food banks provide food items on an emergency basis to individuals and families in need living in the immediate area. Proof of income and residency may be required. Most food banks distribute baby food. For a list of all food banks, see ...
  • A sit-down meal is provided to individuals and families at breakfast time. Meals are provided free-of-charge or for a nominal fee. A monthly meal calendar for London is available here .
  • A sit-down meal is provided to individuals and families at lunch or dinner time. Please note that some programs operate for a part of the year only. Schedules may change or special meals may be held during holidays or the summer. A monthly meal ...
  • Meals on Wheels services prepare and deliver regular hot or frozen meals to the elderly or individuals with disabilities. Check the listings to find the service in your area.

Health Care

  • Alcohol and drug programs provide therapy and mutual support for individuals who abuse drugs and/or alcohol, to help them better understand their dependency and to support their efforts to recover.
  • In collaboration with family health care providers, hospitals and other health care partners, Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) help Ontarians of all ages to access and navigate the health care services they need, when and where they need them. ...
  • Community Health Centres provide primary care, health promotion, education and illness prevention services using a community development approach. Health Centres are staffed by health care professionals including physicians, nurse practitioners, ...
  • Community mental health programs provide a variety of services to help support people who have serious and ongoing mental health issues living in the community. Services offered include information and referral, advocacy, case management, housing ...
  • Counselling aims at assisting people to understand and overcome or manage personal problems, such as difficulties in relationships, anger, conflict, trauma, abuse, bereavement, and addiction. There are many types of counsellors usually specialized in ...
  • Crisis intervention programs can provide you with immediate assistance if you are very distressed, or feel as though you are in a life-threatening situation. If you feel frightened or unable to cope with a problem that requires immediate attention, ...
  • Dental clinics specialize in the care of teeth and gums including the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of their diseases. The organizations listed here provide low-cost dental care.
  • People diagnosed with opioid dependence can receive addictions maintenance treatment through harm reduction programs that use prescribed drugs such as methadone or suboxone. To safely control their opiate addiction, patients are treated and supported ...
  • Gambling counselling programs provide emotional support, information and guidance though a variety of means including mutual support groups for people who are having difficulty controlling their compulsion to gamble, and for their families.
  • Most smokers have a physical dependency on nicotine, which is found in tobacco. Smoking cessation programs use one or a variety of techniques including aversion therapy, hypnosis, acupuncture, acupressure, and individual and/or group therapy or ...
  • Walk-in clinics provide prompt medical care for people who require care and do not have a family doctor or who are unable to reach them. Generally, appointments are not needed.

Housing

  • Assistance is provided to individuals and families with low and moderate incomes in securing affordable housing. Affordable housing is provided by public, non-profit, co-operative or low cost private housing.
  • Habitat for Humanity is a special housing program that builds descent, affordable homes in partnership with families in need.
  • Discovering ways to conserve our use of household electricity, natural gas, and water helps us to reduce our monthly utility bills. The organizations listed below offer tips on saving energy and money at home. And your efforts will help save the ...
  • Assistance is provided to individuals and families with low and moderate incomes to find affordable housing. Affordable housing is provided by public, non-profit, co-operative or inexpensive private housing. The Ontario Landlord and Tenant Board (see ...

Material Aid

  • Christmas aid programs provide food for Christmas dinner and toys for children. Families usually apply sometime in the fall.
  • These programs distribute clothing and household items to people in need. The thrift shops listed here will provide clothing vouchers for in-store purchases.
  • Used goods may be purchased or exchanged for another item at sharing shops or exchanges. Thrift stores sell used clothing, furniture, and/or household articles. See also Clothing and Household Items .

Shelters, Drop-ins and Outreach

  • These outreach programs offer material aid and other assistance to people in need. See also Community Resource Centres .
  • Drop-in centres offer social and recreational activities, snacks, information and support and in some cases counselling.
  • Shelters offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation.
  • Shelters offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation, and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation. Drop-in centres offer social and recreational activities, ...
  • Shelters for Women offer short-term accommodation along with other supports, such as counselling, meals, recreation and emergency transportation. Some shelters also provide longer-term accommodation. Drop-in centres offer social and recreational ...
  • Street outreach programs provide support and material aid to people experiencing homelessness.

Social Action and Your Rights

  • Federal, provincial, and municipal elected representatives provide their constituents with information about government programs and address concerns about government services and public policy. Municipal government representatives are listed under ...
  • Everyone has the right to live and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment. The Ontario Human Rights Code is a law that exists to protect everyone in Ontario from discrimination and harrassment. It is administered by the Ontario ...
  • Government programs providing access to information and protecting the private information of individuals.
  • Programs that assist formerly homeless or low-income people with various services to become self-sufficient. Includes information, advocacy, forms filling, referrals, income tax clinics, ID clinics and coordinating other services. Can include limited ...
  • Services offering social action seek to influence legislation or to achieve specific social or political goals.
  • Various groups exist to coordinate community responses to a variety of social issues, such as homelessness.